Eric Zetterholm was photographing one of the two Bald Eagles seen this winter at the Gualala River. The Bald Eagle made a perfect landing on a snag in the river.
Then the Bald Eagle flew over to a group of Harbor Seals that were hauled out on the sandbar of the river. Look at the eagle craning his or her neck to view the seals.
Eric couldn't believe what he saw next. The Bald Eagle picked up a long stick, flew to the seals and DROPPED the stick on the seals!
We can only speculate why the Bald Eagle did this. Was there was some food - a fish, perhaps - on the sandbar with the seals? Or perhaps this eagle just didn't like the seals being in his or her territory? Fascinating stuff!
Thanks to Eric for allowing me to share his photos with you here.
Eric Zetterholm photographed this Barn Owl recently, spotted on The Sea Ranch perched on a fence post.
Here is a close-up of two Barn Owls, taken by Jim Garlock.
Barn Owls are nocturnal - predators of the night. When they fly overhead, they look ghostly white. They don't "hoot" like some owls; their calls are a raspy scream. You can listen to it here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barn_Owl/sounds
Thanks to Eric and Jim for allowing me to share their photos with you here.
Eric Zetterholm is an amateur photographer, but you'd never know it by this photo. It's a male Northern Harrier.
They have an owl-like face that allows them to hear mice and voles in the meadows below them. These slim hawks holds their wings in a V shape in air. Their call is a high-pitched "kek, kek." You can hear it for yourself at this link to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Harrier/sounds
Here is a great photo of a juvenile Northern Harrier, taken by Robert Scarola. Thanks to Eric and Robert for allowing me to share their photos with you here.